EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - As New Jersey enters its third phase of reopening, Crystal Springs will open to residents on July 3rd with new restrictions and social distancing measures.

     With a maximum capacity of 250 guests, day tickets will only be available online and season passes will not be offered. According to Rick Perrine, Recreation Coordinator of EB, such protocols could change if the maximum capacity increases as per NJ DOH restrictions.

    While adhering to regulations will be required of all attendees, Perrine and the township are still urging residents to continue to enjoy the East Brunswick park system throughout the summer.

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     “The township of East Brunswick and Crystal Springs have put a lot of time and energy into attempting to open this season,” Perrine said. “We have had a lot of inquiries about visiting, and we hope that people will join us.”

    With no picnic tables or chairs available to reduce points of contact at Crystal Springs, residents will be encouraged to bring their own beach and lawn chairs. Masks must be worn at all times while not in the pools, including at the concession stand and in the restrooms. According to the Department of Recreation’s web page, open pools will be restricted to the Family Pool, Brunswick Bay, and Lap Pool for the time being.

      “We will be following the specific cleaning guidelines required by the NJ Department of Health and recommended by the CDC,” Perrine said.

      Signs, staff, and sanitizing stations will additionally be on hand at all times to encourage social distancing, hygiene, hand washing, and health screenings throughout the park, Perrine said.

     While public parks have been open throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Perrine, Mayor Cohen, and the township are encouraging residents to behave responsibly and use face coverings as park usage increases. The township has not yet received state guidelines for the reopening of playgrounds and other amenities within the parks, though Perrine said that keeping “high touch” pieces of playground equipment sanitized will be a challenge.     

     “We truly have seen the majority of EB residents taking care of each other and enjoying the park system in East Brunswick responsibly,” Perrine said. “We hope that may continue throughout the summer.”

Detailed guidelines for residents looking to attend Crystal Springs this season can be found at https://eastbrunswick.org/249/Recreation-Parks